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6 Teens Charged With Murder in Iowa Shooting

15-year-old boy was killed in Des Moines, and 2 others were wounded
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2022 6:05 PM CST
Updated Mar 8, 2022 9:20 AM CST
1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Shooting at Des Moines High School
Police investigate a shooting outside of East High School in in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday.   (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Update: Six teens have been charged with murder in Monday's fatal shooting outside a Des Moines high school, reports the Des Moines Register. Police didn't indicate a motive, but they say the 15-year-old boy killed in the drive-by shooting was the intended target. Two young women, ages 16 and 18, were wounded and remain in critical condition. The suspects, all from Des Moines, include a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old, two 16-year-olds, and two 17-year-olds. Our original story from Monday follows:

One teenager is dead and two more are in critical condition after a shooting outside a high school in Des Moines on Monday afternoon, authorities say. Des Moines Fire Department spokesperson Ahman Douglass says a 15-year-old boy did not survive his injuries after the shooting at East High School, the Des Moines Register reports. A 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old girl were also hospitalized, Douglass says. Police said the gunfire apparently came from a passing vehicle, hitting the victims on school grounds. "I was just sitting in my friend’s car and then all of the sudden I heard 11 gunshots and some boys screaming," student Kaylie Shannon tells KCCI.

The school and surrounding streets were locked down after the shooting. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said that "some potential suspects" have been detained but that charges haven't been filed yet, KCCI reports. "That will be a piece that moves through the night that we’re going to have to be working on," Parizek says. At the Iowa State Capitol, around a half-mile from the scene, Rep. Ruth Gaines requested a moment of silence before a state House of Representatives debate, reports the Register. " I would like this moment of silence for all of those students, even though you may not know them, and they may not be related to you," said Gaines, who taught in the district for more than 40 years. "They are all God's children." (Read more Iowa stories.)

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